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Fall 2008

Classic Trains is a quarterly magazine celebrating the "golden years of railroading." Each issue covers the North American railroad scene from the 1920s to the late 1970s with extraordinary photographs and compelling writing. Giant steam locomotives, colorful streamliners, down-home local trains, great passenger terminals, recollections of railroaders and train-watchers . . . they're all in the pages of Classic Trains.


Editor's Page

Towers were rooms with a view


Meet this issue's crew

True Color

Lackawanna's tugboat navy

Fast Mail

Letters from our readers

Fallen Flags Remembered

Ann Arbor Railroad

Workin' on the Railroad

Trackwork, 1978: Not as mechanized as one might think

The Way It Was

Learning the Lingo at Flagstaff (Santa Fe) • The Customer is Always Right (General Electric) • Last Ride North from Xenia (PRR) • Close Encounter with the B&OCT • Loaded for Bear (SOU) • “Not Prototypical”—but Real! (NYC) • Immobilized Mallet on the Milwaukee Road

Car Stop

Birneys in Sioux City, Iowa

Ready Track

Brief reviews of new books and DVD’s

Bumping Post

NC&StL’s Union Station in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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The history of railroad electrification in the US.


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